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Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 129
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.54/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Northbound Brewpub has quickly become one of my favorite spots in the Twin Cities to drink beer, and eat food. Here's why:
The atmosphere, although somewhat sterile and completely lacking in that well lived in feel that is desirable in a bar, is still quite inviting for other reasons. The plentiful windows allow for ample people watching. The mildly-horseshoe-shaped bar allows for easy conversation amongst the barflys. But it is the regulars themselves that seem to be at their stools everytime I visit that gives the place its charm.
The beer is top notch. I wouldn't hesitate to say that the beer at Northbound is at a quality level equal to that of Town Hall. (For those of you unfamiliar with Town Hall, I'm saying they brew really high quality beer.) They have four year round beers: Big Jim IPA which is a strong example of the west coast style of IPA, Smokehouse Porter which is a slightly smoked porter that pairs perfectly with their smoked meats, Light Rail Pale Ale which is a juicy APA that is my favorite of the bunch, and a Honey Wheat which I have yet to try. In addition to their regular beer, they usually have a seasonal on tap. I've had four or five of them so far, and have thought they were all good to great. The Wild Rice Amber, and the DIPA (I forget its name) where both world class in my book. In addition to their house beers, Northbound also has a large selection of guest Minnesota craft beers that seems to rotate regularly, and always has some more exotic/harder to find offerings.
The food is exceedingly good. I would eat at Northbound regularly even if they stopped selling beer. They smoke their meats, cheeses, bacon, and malt in house, and they clearly know what they are doing. I've have half a dozen or so items from the menu, and they've all been great. The Porketta sandwhich is my favorite, but the Smoked Beef and Smoked Turkey are close behind. The waffle beer battered onion rings are to die for with their housemade horseradish sauce. The only beef I have with the food is that the menu is a la carte, and gets a bit pricey unless you're splitting a side with someone. (If anyone from the brewery is listening, it would be nice if you offered half orders on the sides/appitizers. It would get me in more often).
Slightly high a la carte food prices aside, the overall value at Northbound is quite reasonable. The beer is on the cheaper side for Minneapolis, and house beers are $3 during happy hour (3-5 I believe).
Also, I can't do justice with this review unless I mention the fact that Northbound has regular restaurant hours in contrast to the many tap rooms popping up around the Twin Cities that are only open for a few hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
05-15-2013 00:12:05 | More by KarlHungus
4.23/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Arrived after peak lunch so the place was not very crowded. Sat at the bar. Looking around I can see they do not understaff their establishment. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere itself was nothing special, in fact I would say it does not have any character at all. The brewing operation is separated from the front of house and mostly out of sight.
I believe they had 12 beers on-tap at my visit with 5 being house beers, rest being local brews. I had the Smokehouse Porter and Big Jim IPA. The porter was slightly smoky and on the sweeter side. Big Jim was old school West Coast IPA. Both were quite good and would drink again. Food was also excellent. The menu is relatively small and focused. Had the porketta. Did not care for the onion rings as they use a waffle batter. Other folks might like the sweet coating but I understand it will be off the menu soon. The bacon was awesome.
I found it pricey. Not helped by the a la carte menu.
05-10-2013 20:18:13 | More by morimech
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Decided to swing in and give the beer a try here on a Sat. night. Not only was the inside packed, but the patio was also packed. Not that the place is large by any means, but they were definitely busy. We just stood inside and had our beers. The server at the bar was very friendly and helpful. Northbound had their smoked porter and Big Jim IPA on tap, but no others from themselves. The porter was good, but clearly missing the smoked malt. I was really hoping for a smoked up brew, but the porter was very good anyways. Big Jim is a huge IPA that was very hop forward. They also had Lift Bridge Farm Girl, Fulton Libertine, a couple of Indeed brews and one or two other beers on tap. All local and the list seems to change about daily. Didn't try any of the food. Overall, a nice neighborhood place to grab a beer. Hopefully once they get going a bit, they will have more of their own beers on tap, but right now they still have a nice variety. Definitely worth checking out.
10-21-2012 18:51:36 | More by jera1350
Northbound Brewpub in Minneapolis, MN
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.